Campus Adds LEED Green Building
The renovated Education and Arts Building at Indiana University South Bend has been awarded LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building was cited for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Previously, the River Crossing Community Building received Silver LEED Certification.
“IU South Bend strives to be a leader in the region in promoting sustainable practices,” said Chancellor Terry L. Allison. “This certification is another example of our commitment to sustainability.”
The Education and Arts Building underwent a $22 million dollar renovation that transformed the old Associates Building into the new home of the School of Education, Fine Arts programs from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, and the Dental Education program. The building was designed by Alliance Architects of South Bend and constructed by Gibson-Lewis, LLC. of Mishawaka.
“We were fortunate to work with a client who has made a commitment to insure that all of their future buildings be designed with sustainability as a programmatic requirement. This dovetails with two of Alliance’s philosophical tenets – that we cultivate and maintain an environmental awareness and that we be good stewards of the planet’s natural resources when we plan and design future buildings,“ said Jack Plennert, Principal in Charge, Alliance Architects.
IU South Bend is the home of the Center for a Sustainable Future which is recognized as a local leader in educating the public and promoting sustainable practices. Mike Keen, director of the Center, said, “Indiana University’s most renown president, Herman Wells believed that students should learn not only in our classrooms, but just from walking across our campuses. He was referring to the importance of public art on campus. I think the same could be said for sustainability. This is why the LEED certification of the recently renovated Education and Arts Building is so important. LEED is like the Olympics of green building. However, it is not the award and recognition that is so important. Is the fact that we have a living learning laboratory of sustainable building right here on our campus. Our students can learn just by walking through. It is a symbol of our commitment to sustainability on our campus, and our leadership in sustainability for all of Michiana.”
LEED is the foremost certification program in the world for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.